The heat shock genes in theDrosophila montium subgroup: Chromosomal localization and evolutionary implications
Changes in puffing activity of fat body (FB) and midgut (MG) chromosomes of Drosophila auraria during late larval and white prepupal development as well as after in vitro culture with or without ecdysterone were studied and compared with those of the salivary gland (SG). The Balbiani Rings characteristic of the SG chromosomes of D. auraria, are not formed in FB and MG. Most of the inverted tandem chromosomal duplications that have been found to be common to all three tissues showed differentiation of puffing activity of the bands considered to be homologous. The major early ecdysone puffs 73A and 73B (considered to be homologues of D. melanogaster puffs 74EF and 75B, respectively), together with other early ecdysone puffs were present in all three tissues. Clear intermoult and postintermoult puffs were not evident in FB and MG chromosomes. However, a small set of late ecdysone puffs could be scored in FB, while no late ecdysone puffs were abserved in MG. Other tissue-specific puffs were identified, but a very small number of them were limited to MG.